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Corporate Legal Assistants

Corporate legal assistants work with associates and partners throughout all phases of corporate transactions.

Each corporate legal assistant is assigned to one of 13 partner groups organized around specific practice areas such as mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and credit, tax and environmental law. This structure allows the legal assistants to learn about how a deal is put together, from the initial drafting of the agreements to the closing of the deal.

Corporate legal assistants work closely with partners, associates and clients. They are frequently asked to coordinate and attend client meetings and to travel for various assignments, providing many opportunities to establish relationships and contacts and to participate behind the scenes during negotiations.

Comprehensive training is critical to a legal assistant’s ability to support his or her team. Upon joining the Firm, corporate legal assistants enter a training program that includes an orientation session with computer training, tours of the Firm and a comprehensive manual explaining the different assignments they will be asked to complete. In addition, each legal assistant is assigned a mentor to work with on various assignments during the first two weeks, to help him or her “learn the ropes.”

Corporate legal assistants work directly with lawyers and independently on some projects but are also often asked to work in tandem with other teams, depending upon the needs of various matters. Such arrangements provide many opportunities to build close working relationships throughout the Firm.

The breadth and depth of Cravath’s corporate practice, combined with the Firm’s participation in many of the most important transactions shaping the world’s business landscape, offer a unique and valuable perspective on the workings of the global economy.

Click here for information on how to apply for a legal assistant position.